I’ve met people in the past who have told me they’re ‘no good at tests’, or ‘no good at learning’ and who have failed to achieve everything they want to academically or in their career as a result. While I have sympathy for people who struggle to remember information though (I would certainly class myself in that category), I definitely can not understand the attitude in general.
The issue here for me is that learning isn’t something your born with an innate talent for or otherwise, but rather something you can train and develop over time. Being good at learning is simply a matter of finding the right strategies that work for you, and then practicing them as much as possible in order to get the most from them. Here I’ll share some of the best learning strategies and tools you can use to help memorize information and this will give you a good foundation to work from.
Washable marker pens are generally thought of as something you give to children to protect your décor, but they can also be useful for learning. This is because they allow you to write in places that you otherwise wouldn’t want to which means you can put notes for yourself around the house. If you’re struggling to remember a particular date or acronym then, all you need to do is to write a note for yourself about it on your shower door, or on the bathroom mirror, and this way you’ll see it every time you get ready in the morning and be reminded.
Mind maps are something that won’t work for everyone, but they can be very useful for some. Here you write down the topic you want to learn in the center of the page and then write down related ideas around this main topic in bubbles that you can connect with a line. This then allows you to plot out all the information you need for that topic onto one page in a manner that follows a logical system. Because you are this way ‘linking’ ideas together, you are mimicking the way the human brain works through neuronal connections and this will mean that each thing you remember helps you to remember more.
Dry information such as numbers can be difficult for some people to remember, which is why images can work better. If you have to remember a list, then imagining a scene using the items on that list and making it absurd and memorable can work well. Alternatively, if you want to remember numbers you can make an image out of rhyming words – 1932 for instance could become ‘pie in a dirty loo’. If you struggle to remember these images, then you can even try drawing them which will act as revision in itself and be much easier to conjure into your head than just a boring image.
Meanwhile simply saying ‘pie in a dirty loo’ might be enough for you to remember, and this is called a ‘mnemonic’. Other mnemonics include rhymes and acronyms and each of these can be very useful for memorizing boring numbers and lists.
Kimberly Smith is a teacher and teaches in a high school. She thinks that Primary School Tutoring must include educational methods which would help children in understanding the concept more conveniently.